Lenten Study Week 1: Jerusalem – Risking Reputation
March 4, 2020
Each Sunday in Lent, we’re diving into a Lenten Study during the 9:45 a.m. hour. This six-week study is informed by author and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine’s study guide Entering The Passion of Jesus. Each installment of the study examines the stories and events during the last days of Jesus’ life.
For this first week, Rev. Holly Bandel dove into Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, in which the Gospels provide four different accounts. This story of Jesus’ arrival is not just about literal risk (which was present since his entry caused alarm among religious leaders and Roman rules), but also prompts us to consider how much we’re willing to risk.
The question for this week is: How will we lean into discomfort in this Lenten season?
Listen to this short clip of Rev. Bandel’s presentation, and then click on the image below to read Psalm 118 – Levine reminds us that this Psalm describes the promises of God, which are especially comforting as we hold the tensions and discomfort of this season.